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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Sep 19, 2019 11:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brother can you spare a song? Looking for modern country that doesn't suck.

Luckily KB pulls the plug at around 1996, so it doesn't get as bad as it could. For a gear head it's a drool worthy documentary. Some of the guitars, mandolins, pedal steels, and the amps that are shown are incredible! As for modern country, it's pop music to me, but some of the old standard bearers like Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives as well as Vince Gill are putting out some good retro themed vibes. I'm considering springing for tickets to a Marty Stuart show just to see Clarence Whites Telecaster, that I last saw in Clarence's hands 49 years ago...but that's another story.

This post was modified by Earl B. Powell on 2019-09-19 18:53:36

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 19, 2019 1:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brother can you spare a song? Looking for modern country that doesn't suck.

> Luckily KB pulls the plug at around 1996

Praise the Lord for small mercy's. I've seen snippet's of Garth flash by in episodes 1-4 and it has directly led to my request to fortify myself for next week.

About that other story, I'm listenin' > https://youtu.be/hAFsnni6STc

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Sep 22, 2019 1:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brother can you spare a song? Looking for modern country that doesn't suck.

https://youtu.be/r8H08Xs_w8A

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 23, 2019 10:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brother can you spare a song? Looking for modern country that doesn't suck.

That's quite the Frankenstein guitar.

I got a complaint Earl. I may have had hit the wall early with “The Sons and Daughters of America” episode last night. KB did his usual turn into Howard Zinn lite when his series hits the 60s. Same old tired ground mowed over again. Same old turn from the topic (Vietnam, Baseball, Jazz), as the primary focus shifts to political and cultural events. Trouble is it's looking at the same half of the full picture, over and over again. You would think that maybe with this topic he would have looked more deeply at the other movements that took place at that time. One example is the birth of the modern conservative movement. Maybe he would like to inquire why? (And leave the Zinn out, please.) Maybe he would like to leave the comfortable narrative of the 60s that seems to believed as gospel and really explore?

A lot of bias. A lot of the same manufactured narrative. A lot of me skipping whole portions to get to the music. I wish he would stop selling me his particular brand of history and focus on our delight- the music. I love KB early. It blossoms into something quite moving in the middle. And then it quickly turns to shit towards the end.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 23, 2019 2:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brother can you spare a song? Looking for modern country that doesn't suck.

I wonder if it's because the other movements are lacking a sound track? Not to be flip, but in general, the progressives/leftists/etc are the ones w all the good songs, to paraphrase Tom Lehrer, eh? Har, har--but, I do think it's true..as a general proposition? I haven't watched the episode, so I am winging it here...

Regardless of that, though, I hear you about any one w a cause getting boring darn fast...ahem. And I've similarly bored you all many times w my take on the sugar coated 60s and its problems.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 23, 2019 2:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brother can you spare a song? Looking for modern country that doesn't suck.

> I wonder if it's because the other movements are lacking a sound track? It's there. It's everywhere. Often "hiding" in plain sight.

I'm not interested per se in the left/right dynamic, but can we look at this thing from a different pov? Can we hear different voices? Can we shake it up and follow the muse?

I recall after watching his Vietnam series how angry I was that he did not speak with anyone who fought for ARVN. Why not? I would have liked to hear why they did so. What were those folks thinking? What was it like?

I worked with a man in the late 80s who was a boat person and whose father was in the ARVN (and re-educated post '75 until they escaped in '78). He spoke with as much nationalistic fervor as the many voices I heard KB interview from the north. It is the selective editing that grabs me the most. I want to hear all the relevant material- not just what fits the assumed narrative.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 23, 2019 2:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brother can you spare a song? Looking for modern country that doesn't suck.

Sorry, I meant soundtrack in the v superficial sense of "#1 hits"...the sort of thing you follow in a music history special. Lacks depth, follows bias, as you note.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 23, 2019 3:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brother can you spare a song? Looking for modern country that doesn't suck.

music, music, music, music. the rest, ehh

(mind candy > https://youtu.be/GeoDIVVP20M)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 23, 2019 4:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brother can you spare a song? Looking for modern country that doesn't suck.

I hear ya!

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Sep 23, 2019 3:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brother can you spare a song? Looking for modern country that doesn't suck.

To Earl's point, we could use a searchable transcript to go with these Docs. (a.k.a."text file") I said the same thing last time around, covering his Vietnam Doc.

KB is either a JG & GD deleter, or he's not. Ken finally pierced the "Jerry firewall" by teasing everyone with that 10-second full-frame shot of Jerry at the end of episode 1, punctuating the point about Jimmy Rogers songs. But that point had already been vociferously made. Was Jerry's image being used as a PR stunt to coerce more fans into watching every minute of every episode to increase potential sales and profits? That would be the case if there's nothing else about Jer in this Doc. But, Ken Burns has boxed himself in now, on purpose, so I'm betting he's gonna show "it." Therefore, it all boils down to context and delivery.

What's KB up to? We'll find out what happens tonight and the next 2 nights, episodes 6 - 8. Picking up in 1968.

https://archive.org/post/1083419/i-never-tire-of me posting comments about another KB Doc from my era. I shredded his Vietnam Doc for being deleter-in-Chief of Jerry and the boys. They were never mentioned! In the case of Peter Coyote not saying the "Jerry" word, I've written he may have a conflict of interest with Ken Burns because Peter and Jerry were acquaintances. (See the photo of Jerry and Coyote.) "Can we get some Waivers signed, please," and get on with it? WtF? Historically, I've covered both Docs with my comments.

Moron says to the village idiot: When will Ken Burns feature anything about Jerry or GD?

Village idiot says to the moron: When Ken Burns does a Doc about Dark Star Orchestra.

Do you think KB will have Kris Kristofferson commenting at the ending, during Bobby McGee'soundtrack, while they mix between Kris singing it, and then Festival Express singing it - https://youtu.be/smXHC7Pmboc - and then Janis singing it? Nah, that's too easy-peasy, and it's not country enough. This post was modified by Monte B Cowboy on 2019-09-23 22:48:58

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Sep 23, 2019 10:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brother can you spare a song? Looking for modern country that doesn't suck.

I know what you're getting at, and can only say that "Country Music" is just another avenue to plug in KB's formula. Unfortunately you have to sift through piles of coal dust to find the diamonds. It's like a treasure hunt, and I stay so focused on waiting for those moments of true wisdom to drop that I've almost totally tuned out Peter Coyote's narrative. (As you say, because it's the same voice over from Vietnam and Baseball.)

At the end of the day, I'm hoping for a searchable repository of everything they collected to be seen in it's raw form. That would be the real treasure...